Smith hat-trick dumps Rovers out of the cup

KYLE SMITH’S hat-trick, completed by a stoppage-time winner for Sylvans, proved a fitting climax to a fine second round Guernsey FA Cup tie on the KGV 3G.

Rovers debutant Frank Tobin gets tight on Sylvans' Seb Smeed in an extraordinary cup tie at the KGV. (Picture by Sophie Rabey, 28864430)
Rovers debutant Frank Tobin gets tight on Sylvans' Seb Smeed in an extraordinary cup tie at the KGV. (Picture by Sophie Rabey, 28864430)

Rovers had led 3-1 late in the game and missed two penalties for a 4-1 lead before the late drama.

Having seen his London House Bels side cause the cup holders North moments of concern at Northfield and, at one point, pin them back to 2-3, coach Nick Mollet said he was ‘absolutely proud’ of the efforts of his team.

‘We showed a never-say-die attitude that our team is renowned for against a classy team and a striker in Sam Murray at the top of his game.

Across the road at the Corbet Field Sylvans reserves led Priaulx League side Vale 1-0 after five minutes, but having missed a great chance to double their lead the reds ultimately went down 4-1.

  • Reports in Monday's Guernsey Press.

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